Study Guide:    Rearranging and solving equations

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Essential Mathematics and Statistics for Science, 2nd Edition
   Graham Currell and Antony Dowman, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

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This study unit aims to develop the skills for rearranging equations in science. This is achieved by a series of video tips and associated QVA tutorials - questions with video worked answers.

Video Tip: SIX rules for rearranging equations
Video Tip: Using the rules of BODMAS
Video Tip: Using 'powers of ten' for scientific (standard) notation in a calculator and Excel

Study text: Chapter 3 of Essential Mathematics and Statistics for Science

QVA tutorials (in recommended order of study):

BODMAS rules 

Some basic techniques in algebra 

Rearranging simple equations 

Rearranging pV = nRT 

Substituting values in pV = nRT 

Rearranging more complicated equations 

Rearranging exponential equations

Solving quadratic and simulaneous equations


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27/07/10